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Rosie O’Donnell Talks About The Importance of Family to Aspiring LGBT Parents recently caught up with Rosie O’Donnell at Cyndi Lauper’s fundraiser for LGBTI youth homeless,  in New York, and the TV Star took the opportunity to share her thoughts on gay parenting.

O’Donnell, who is a mother to five children (aged 19, 17, 15, 12 and 2 years),  gave advice to aspiring LGBT parents.

“I would tell them what I would tell any one; that it’s the best thing that you can ever do for yourself, to become a parent.”

Rosie O’Donnell

In the video below, O’Donnell acknowledged that adoption and fostering are often the ways in which gay people create their families. She felt this was something that some gay people were particularly attuned to because, historically, some had been turned away by their own families and forced to create their own.

“So many gay people are kicked out of their families, at least in our history, that we learned how to make our own. I mean, so many Thanksgivings it was all the peoples whose parents wouldn’t allow their partners to come with them; we’d have the gathering of all the people rejected from their actual home, and we learned how to make our families.

Blood doesn’t make a family; love makes a family. I would say to everyone out there, there are so many kids needing homes, and it’s the best thing you can ever do for yourself.”

Rosie O’Donnell



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